Sales down -24.6% in October weakest of the last 30 years, VW Polo in the lead, Peugeot 2008 enters the Top 10 – Blog on best-selling cars

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Peugeot 2008 releases its first place in the UK Top 10 this month.

The shortage of semiconductors continues to impact the UK new car market in October, with sales down -24.6% yoy to just 106,265 units, the lowest October volume in 30 years: since 1991 (101.107). The year-to-date tally has now only increased by 2.8% year-on-year to 1,422,879. As a result we have revised ours Forecasts for the full year 2021 for the United Kingdom from 1.66 to 1.64 million units (+ 0.4%). SMMT has it at 1.66 million and 1.96 million in 2022. In October, private sales hold up much better than the market at -3.3% to 58.405, improving their share from 42.9% a year ago to 55. %. Conversely, fleet sales plummeted -40.4% to 46.075 and a 43.4% share from 54.8% in October 2020. Business sales are hit harder and harder with -45.5% at 1,785 and a share of 1.7% compared to 2.3%. Since the beginning of the year, also in this case, private sales have overlapped by + 4.1% to 683.275 and 48% share against 47.4% compared to the same period of 2020, while fleet sales have increased by ‘1.8% to 712.239 and 50.1% share against 50.5% and company sales drop by -4.6% to 27.365 and a share of 1.9% against 2.1%.

Looking at sales by fuel, in October gasoline drops by -30.6% to 48.384 and 45.5% of share against 49.5% a year ago, diesel drops by -66.4% to only 7,028 units and 6.6% share against 14.9% in October 2020, MHEV drops by -20.2% to 17.667 and 16.6% share against 15.7% and HEV drops by -21.5% to 8.649 and 8.1% share against 7.8%. Plug-in vehicles, on the other hand, are increasing year on year. BEV increased 73.1% to 16,155 units and 15.2% share from 6.6% in October 2020 and PHEV increased 7.5% to 8,382 and 7.9% share from to 5.5% from a year ago. Since the beginning of the year, gasoline has fallen by -15.2% to 669.982 and a share of 47.1% against 57% compared to the same period of 2020, diesel implodes -45.8% to 124.633 and a share of 8, 8% versus 16.6% last year, but all other feeds increased significantly from the 2020 level. MHEV increased 82.5% to 262,614 and 18.5% share from 10, 4% in 2020, BEV increased 86% to 141,296 and 9.9% share from 5.5% last year, HEV increased 36% to 128,932 and 9.1% share from 6.8 % and the PHEV rises by 89.8% to 95.422 and a share of 6.7% against 3.6%. In fact, the plug-in revolution is so intense in the UK that SMMT expects more sales for the category in 2021 than in 2010-2019 combined!

Source: SMMT

We again have a scrambled brand ranking with Volkswagen (-24.2%) claiming the top spot it has held since the beginning of the year, but still relatively weak with a share of 8.5% compared to 9.2% of this one. year. BMW (-28.2%) climbed two places in September to land in record 2nd place, a position it held only once before: in June 2018. Kia (+ 22.1%) continues to go against the tide and is the only one to gain from year to year in the Top 7. The next four car manufacturers fall faster than the market, in particular Ford (-47.3%) even if an even more disastrous score increased by one position in September at No. 6. Audi (-40.3%), Mercedes (-37%) and Vauxhall (-26.5%). Hyundai (+ 34.5%) goes on, which means that the only winners in the Top 12 are the Koreans. First time as leader last month, Toyota (-35.5%) is hit hard and drops to # 9 ahead of Peugeot (-3.9%) which holds up well. Below, Porsche (+ 33.6%), MG (+ 23.6%), Dacia (+ 5.3%), Suzuki (+ 2.2%) and Mini (+ 1.9%) shine with increases of year on year, while among the smaller brands Polestar (+ 217.9%, Alpine (+ 216.7%), Maserati (+ 76.1%), Ssangyong (+ 74.7%) and Subaru (+31.3 %).

The UK model ranking is becoming noticeably more volatile this year as it fragments further. The VW Polo (+ 60.4%) recovered six places from last month to claim its second-ever monthly win after last July. Just 34 units below, the Mini (+ 1.1%) is up to a record 2nd place while it hasn’t even finished in the Top 10 for September. Ford Focus (-3.1%) allows the manufacturer to place a model in the Top 10 unlike last month, and the year-to-date leader, the Vauxhall Corsa (-35.1%) dropped three places to No. 5. The Kia Niro equals its highest ranking ever in the UK at # 6, also reached last February, the Volvo XC40 is up to # 7, its best finish since last February (# 5) while the Peugeot 2008 bursts into the The UK’s top 10 for the very first time at # 9 and the Hyundai Tucson hosts its third place in the overall Top 10 at # 10 after April 2019 (# 10) and last August (# 6). The YTD order also receives a shock, with just 1,734 sales separating the No. 2 from n. 7. The VW Polo flies to # 3 and the Mercedes A-Class goes up to # 4 while the Ford Fiesta (-86% for the month) goes from # 3 to # 5.

Last month: UK September 2021: Toyota and Kia in the lead, Ford downhill to no. 7, market in free fall -34.4% at its weakest point in 23 years

One year ago: UK October 2020: earthquake as Mercedes A-Class takes overall lead in market down -1.6%

Complete October 2021 Top 40 Brands and Top 10 Models below.

United Kingdom October 2021 – brands:

Item fire October-21 % / 20 September 2021 % / 20 Item FY20
1 Volkswagen 9.052 8.5% -24.2% 3 130.338 9.2% 6.3% 1 2
2 BMW 7,778 7.3% -28.2% 4th 101.139 7.1% 6.0% 4th 3
3 duck 7,436 7.0% 22.1% 2 81.523 5.7% 28.9% 7th 9
4th Mercedes 6,856 6.5% -37.0% 10 85.108 6.0% -11.0% 6th 4th
5 Audi 6,841 6.4% -40.3% 5 102.948 7.2% 12.0% 3 5
6th ford 6,829 6.4% -47.3% 7th 106.085 7.5% -18.9% 2 1
7th Vauxhall 6,099 5.7% -26.5% 8th 78.340 5.5% -2.5% 8th 6th
8th Hyundai 5,447 5.1% 34.5% 6th 58,378 4.1% 39.3% 9 13
9 Toyota 5,122 4.8% -35.5% 1 88,250 6.2% 8.9% 5 7th
10 Peugeot 5.106 4.8% -3.9% 12 ° 51,369 3.6% 8.9% 11 12 °
11 Nissan 4,887 4.6% -7.9% 9 57.152 4.0% -3.5% 10 8th
12 ° Volvo 4,606 4.3% -18.7% 22 41,027 2.9% 8.4% 14 14
13 Mini 4,289 4.0% 1.9% 21 35.141 2.5% -7.6% 16 15 °
14 seat 2,487 2.3% -29.8% 18 ° 40,099 2.8% 4.0% 15 ° 16
15 ° MG 2.339 2.2% 23.6% 14 25,290 1.8% 56.8% 18 ° 26
16 Skoda 2,290 2.2% -59.8% 13 48.805 3.4% -1.2% 12 ° 10
17 ° Citroen 2,290 2.2% -1.7% 20 26,552 1.9% 8.7% 17 ° 18 °
18 ° Renault 2,123 2.0% -31.4% 17 ° 25.101 1.8% -34.3% 19 ° 17 °
19 ° Porsche 1,650 1.6% 33.6% 30 9,686 0.7% -2.0% 28 27
20 Honda 1,629 1.5% -22.7% 15 ° 24.177 1.7% -1.6% 20 19 °
21 Land Rover 1,610 1.5% -66.1% 16 47,685 3.4% -3.9% 13 11
22 Mazda 1,322 1.2% -14.6% 19 ° 23,225 1.6% 14.2% 21 22
23 Fiat 1.318 1.2% -18.4% 24 17,377 1.2% 0.1% 24 24
24 Dacia 1.318 1.2% 5.3% 23 14,585 1.0% -17.5% 26 25
25 Suzuki 1,274 1.2% 2.2% 25 19.189 1.3% 8.1% 23 23
26 Cupra 753 0.7% new one 28 6,181 0.4% new one 29 40
27 Lexus 672 0.6% -29.7% 26 12,696 0.9% 3.2% 27 28
28 North Star 658 0.6% 217.9% 35 3,083 0.2% 571.7% 32 38
29 jaguar 605 0.6% -66.4% 27 16.195 1.1% -19.7% 25 20
30 jeep 274 0.3% -40.2% 29 4.113 0.3% 8.1% 31 30
31 SsangYong 152 0.1% 74.7% 33 1,276 0.1% -7.2% 37 34
32 Shrewd 148 0.1% -6.9% 38 1,242 0.1% 4.5% 38 35
33 Alfa Romeo 146 0.1% 2.8% 36 1,300 0.1% -22.4% 36 33
34 Subaru 130 0.1% 31.3% 31 1,766 0.1% 129.1% 35 37
35 Abarth 114 0.1% -49.8% 34 2,135 0.2% 2.7% 33 32
36 DS 100 0.1% -48.7% 32 1.826 0.1% -7.0% 34 31
37 Bentley ninety two 0.1% -19.3% 37 1,064 0.1% -5.3% 39 36
38 Maserati 81 0.1% 76.1% 39 619 0.0% 28.4% 40 39
39 Tesla (east) 50 0.0% -86.7% 11 22,050 1.5% 30.8% 22 21
40 Alpine 19 ° 0.0% 216.7% 42 163 0.0% 83.1% 41 41
41 genesis 6th 0.0% new one 41 93 0.0% new one 42
42 Mitsubishi 0 0.0% -100.0% 40 5,125 0.4% -35.8% 30 29
other Brits 175 0.2% 1.7% 1,942 0.1% 20.2%
Other imports ninety two 0.1% -32.4% 1,432 0.1% -16.6%

United Kingdom October 2021 – models:

Item Template October-21 % / 20 September 2021 % / 20 Item FY20
1 VW Polo 3,167 3.0% 60.4% 7th 27,591 1.9% 15.4% 3 8th
2 Mini 3.133 2.9% 1.1% n / A n / A n / A n / A n / A 7th
3 Nissan Qashqai 2,838 2.7% 14.3% 5 25,373 1.8% -8.7% 8th 6th
4th Ford Focus 2,735 2.6% -3.1% n / A n / A n / A n / A n / A 4th
5 Opel Corsa 2,567 2.4% -35.1% 2 35.183 2.5% -10.9% 1 2
6th Kia Niro 2.479 2.3% n / A 9 n / A n / A n / A n / A 18 °
7th Volvo XC40 2.451 2.3% -30.9% n / A n / A n / A n / A n / A 11
8th Mercedes A-Class 2,239 2.1% -46.0% n / A 27.183 1.9% -14.0% 4th 5
9 Peugeot 2008 1,972 1.9% n / A n / A n / A n / A n / A n / A 45
10 Hyundai Tucson 1,849 1.7% n / A n / A n / A n / A n / A n / A 30
n / A BMW 3 Series 1,695 1.6% n / A 3 24.948 1.8% n / A 9 13
n / A Kia Sportage 1,620 1.5% n / A 6th 26.020 1.8% n / A 7th 16
n / A VW Golf 1.148 1.1% -70.0% 10 27,754 2.0% -20.7% 2 3
n / A Ford Puma 615 0.6% -83.0% n / A 26,744 1.9% 26.5% 6th 9
n / A Toyota Yaris 553 0.5% n / A 4th 24,522 1.7% n / A 10 14
n / A Ford Fiesta 539 0.5% -86.0% n / A 26,899 1.9% -37.9% 5 1

Source: SMMT

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